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Dr. Elizabeth A. Burakowski
Research Assistant Professor,
Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS)
University of New Hampshire
8 College Road Durham, NH
2013 Ph.D. Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of New Hampshire (UNH), Durham, NH.
Dissertation: Winter Climate Impacts of Historical Deforestation in New England
2007 M.S. Earth Science-Geochemical Systems, Dept. of Earth Sciences, UNH, Durham, NH.
Thesis: Trends in Wintertime Climate Variability in the Northeastern United States
2003 B.A. Geology, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA
Climate ecosystem feedbacks, remote sensing, land surface-atmosphere interactions, regional and global climate modeling, climate change impacts, public outreach and education, winter tourism and recreation.
2016-present Research Assistant Professor, EOS, UNH, Durham, NH
2015-2016 Visiting Scientist, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), Boulder, CO
2015-2016 Postdoctoral Research Associate, UNH, Durham, NH
2014-2015 Postdoctoral Researcher, NCAR, Boulder, CO
Research and Teaching Experience
2011-2013 Research Assistant, UNH, Durham, NH
2010-2011 NASA Space Grant Fellow, UNH, Durham, NH
2009-2010 NRESS Fellow, UNH, Durham, NH
2005-2007 Teaching Assistant, Department of Earth Sciences, UNH, Durham, NH
2003-2009 Assistant Scientist, Sea Education Association, Woods Hole, MA
Burakowski, EA, AB Tawfik, A Ouimette, L Lepine, K Novick, SV Ollinger, C Zarzycki, and GB Bonan. The role of surface roughness, albedo, and Bowen ratio on ecosystem energy balance in the Eastern United States. submitted to Agricultural and Forest Meteorology.
Burakowski, EA, AB Tawfik, A Ouimette, L Lepine, C Zarzycki, KA Novick, SV Ollinger, and GB Bonan. Simulating surface energy fluxes using uncoupled and coupled Earth System Models and eddy covariance tower clusters. Journal of Hydrometeorology. in revision.
*Amaral, T, CP Wake, JE Dibb, EA Burakowski, and M Stampone. A simple model for predicting snow albedo decay using snow observations from the Community Collaborative, Rain, Albedo, Hail, and Snow (CoCoRAHS-Albedo) Network. Journal of Glaciology, accepted.
Contosta, A, A Adolph, D Burchsted, EA Burakowski, M Green, D Guerra, M Albert, J Dibb, M Martin, W McDowell, M Routhier, CP Wake, R Whitaker, and W Wollheim. 2016. A longer vernal window: the role of winter coldness and snowpack in driving spring thresholds and lags. Global Change Biology, 23(4): 1610–1625. doi: 10.1111/gcb.13517.
Contosta, A, EA Burakowski, Ruth Varner, and Serita Frey. 2016. Winter soil respiration in a humid temperate forest: the role of moisture, temperature, and snowpack. Journal of Geophysical Research Biogeosciences, 121: 3072-3088. doi: 10.1002/2016JG003450.
Burakowski, EA, S Ollinger, DY Hollinger, CP Wake, JE Dibb and GB Bonan. 2016. Winter Climate Impacts of Mid-1800’s Deforestation in New England Using the Weather, Research, and Forecasting (WRF) Model. Journal of Climate 29: 5141:5156. doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-15-0286.1
Lutz, DA, EA Burakowski, MB Murphy, ME Borsuk, RM Niemiec, and RB Howarth. 2016. Tradeoffs between three forest ecosystem services across the state of New Hampshire, USA: Timber, Carbon, and Albedo. Ecological Applications, 26(1): 146-161. doi: 10.1890/14-2207.
Burakowski, EA, S Ollinger, L Lepine, CB Schaaf, Z Wang, JE Dibb, DY Hollinger, J-H Kim, A Erb, and ME Martin. 2015. Spatial scaling of reflectance and surface albedo over a mixed-use, temperate forest landscape during snow-covered periods. Remote Sensing of Environment 158: 465-477. doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2014.11.023.
Hanson, E, and EA Burakowski. 2015. Sampling in the Snow: Winter Field Experiences Provide Relevant, Real World Connections Between Scientific Practice and Disciplinary Core Ideas. The Science Teacher, 82(3): 36-41. pdf.
Burakowski, EA, CP Wake, M Stampone, J Dibb. 2013. Putting the Capital ‘A’ in CoCoRAHS: An Experimental Program to Measure Albedo using the Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) Network. Hydrological Processes 27(21): 3024-3034. doi: 10.1002/hyp.9825.
Burakowski, EA, CP Wake, B Braswell, and DP Brown, 2008. Trends In Wintertime Climate In The Northeastern United States: 1965-2005. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres. doi: 10.1029/2008JD009870. Media, Boston Globe.
Reports and Other Publications
Burakowski, EA. 2015. If you like skiing or snowboarding, you should care about climate change. The Guardian, 16-February-2015. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/16/skiing-snowboarding-winter-snow-climate-change
Wake, CP, EA Burakowski, P Wilkinson, K Hayhoe, A Stoner, C Keeley, and J LaBranche. 2014. Climate Change in Southern New Hampshire: Past, Present, and Future. Carbon Solutions New England, Durham, NH. June 2014. pdf.
Wake, CP, EA Burakowski, P Wilkinson, K Hayhoe, A Stoner, C Keeley, and J LaBranche. 2014. Climate Change in Northern New Hampshire: Past, Present, and Future. Carbon Solutions New England, Durham, NH. June 2014. pdf.
Burakowski, EA, M Magnusson. 2012. Climate Impacts on the US Winter Tourism Economy. Natural Resources Defense Council and Protect Our Winters, Washington, DC. December 2012. pdf, Media, New York Times.
Wake, CP, EA Burakowski, K Hayhoe, A Stoner, C Watson, E Douglas. 2011. Climate Change in the Piscataqua/Great Bay Region: Past, Present, and Future. Carbon Solutions New England, Durham, NH. December, 2011. pdf.
Wake, CP, EA Burakowski, K Hayhoe, C Watson, E Douglas, J VanDorn, V Naik, and C Keating. 2009. Climate Change in the Casco Bay Watershed: Past, Present, and Future, Casco Bay Estuary Partnership Report, University of Southern Maine, Portland, December 2009. pdf.
Wake, CP, EA Burakowski, and L Goss. 2006. Winter Recreation and Climate Variability in New Hampshire: 1984-2006. Carbon Coalition & Clean Air – Cool Planet Report. October, 2006. pdf.
Invited Seminars and Presentations
2016 Climate Science: How’s Earth Doing? Protect Our Winters Athlete Summit. Squaw Valley, CA. 13-Dec-2016.
2016 Surface Climate Impacts of Deforestation in New England. Fall Environmental Sciences Seminar Series. University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH. 30-September-2016.
2016 Forests, Fields, Farms and Climate. Biogeochemistry, Environmental Science and Sustainability Seminar. Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. 9-September-2016
2016 The Climate and Forest History of New England. Mount Washington Observatory Weather Discovery Center, North Conway, NH. 17-August-2016.
2016 The Climate Legacy of Forests: A New England Case Study. Boise State University, Boise, ID. 08-July-2016.
2015 I Am Pro Snow: The Winter Sports Industry, Mountain Communities, And The Future Of Snow. Panelist. World Climate Summit, 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Paris, France. 06-Dec-2015.
2015 Climate impacts of historical deforestation in New England, USA using a WRF multi-physics ensemble, Harvard Forest Seminar, Petersham, MA, 20-March-2015.
2015 Climate Impacts of historical deforestation in New England, USA using a WRF multi-physics ensemble, NCAR Climate and Global Dynamics Seminar, Boulder, CO 24-Feb-2015.
2015 Scientific Advances in Wintertime Predictability, SnowSports Industries of America International Research Forum, SIA Snow Show, Denver, CO. 30-January-2015.
2014 Panel discussion: 4th Annual Women in Science and Technology Forum, White Mountains Community College, Berlin, NH, 04-April-2014.
2014 Climate Change and the Ski Industry. Vermont Law School Climate Change Symposium: Brown Slopes, Bare Trails. Royalton, VT, 06-Feb-2014. Media, New York Times.
2014 Climate Variability and Change in New Hampshire. Guest Lecture at Dartmouth Thayer School of Engineering Sciences (ENGS-7: Climate Change), Hanover, NH, 28-Jan-2014.
2013 Putting the Capital ‘A’ in CoCoRaHS: A volunteer network of snow albedo observers in the Granite State. Plymouth State University Fall Environmental Sciences Colloquium, Plymouth, NH, 25-Sept-2013.
2013 Climate Impacts on the Winter Tourism Economy in the United States. SnowSports Industries of America International Research Forum, Denver, CO, 31 Jan- 3 Feb 2013.
2013 Climate Change in New Hampshire. Guest Lecture at Dartmouth Thayer School of Engineering Sciences (ENGS-7: Climate Change), Hanover, NH, 29-Jan-2013.
Conference and Workshop Presentations
2016 Does surface roughness dominate biophysical forcing of land use and land cover change in the eastern United States? Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. San Francisco, CA, 15-Dec-2016.
2016 Evaluating Biophysical Impacts of Land Cover in CLM4.5 and VR-CESM1.3 with Ameriflux Tower Clusters. Oral Presentation. 21st Annual Community Eart System Model Workshop, Land Model Working Group. Breckenridge, CO. 20-23 June 2016.
2015 Using Eddy Covariance Tower Clusters To Evaluate Biophysical Impacts of Land Cover In The Community Land Model (CLM4.5). Oral Presentation. Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. San Francisco, CA, 16-Dec-2015. Session B34A-04, Abstract #78558.
2015 Land Surface Modeling of a Flux Tower Cluster in the Northeastern US with CLM4.5. Oral Presentation. 20th Annual Community Earth System Model Workshop, Breckenridge, CO. 15-18 June 2015.
2014 The Costs of Climate Change: Impact of Future Snow Cover Projections on Valuation of Albedo in Forest Management. Poster Presentation. Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. San Francisco, CA, 15-Dec-2014. Session GC11E-0611, Abstract #30022.
2014 Sampling in the Snow: High School Winter Field Experiences Provide Relevant, Real World Connections Between Scientific Practices and Disciplinary Core Ideas. Poster Presentation. Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA, 19-Dec-2014. Session ED51B-3436, Abstract #30452.
2014 An extreme-ensemble approach for evaluating regional responses to land cover change in the Northeastern US using WRF. Poster Presentation. 15th Annual Weather, Research, and Forecasting Model User’s Workshop, Boulder, CO. 23-25 June 2014.
2014 How Well Does the CESM-LE Capture Non-Uniform Seasonal Temperature Trends? Poster Presentation. 19th Annual Community Earth System Model Workshop, Breckenridge, CO. 16-19 June 2014.
2013 Spectral Reflectance and Albedo of Snow-Covered Heterogeneous Landscapes in New Hampshire, USA: Comparison of Ground-based, Airborne Hyperspectral, and MODIS Satellite Data. Poster Presentation. Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, CA, 10-Dec-2013.
2013 Evaluating the Quality of “Citizen Scientist” Snow Albedo Observations for use in Climate System Studies. Oral Presentation. 93rd Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, Austin, TX, 6-10 January 2013.
2012 Climate Impacts of Mid-1800’s Deforestation in New England using the Weather, Research, and Forecasting (WRF) Model. Oral Presentation. Session A32E: Regional Climate Modeling, Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, 5-Dec-2012.
2012 Putting the Capital ‘A’ in CoCoRAHS: An Pilot Program to Measure Albedo using the Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) Network. Oral Presentation. Session ED13E: Public Participation in Citizen Science Research I, Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, 3-Dec-2012.
2012 Putting the Capital ‘A’ in CoCoRAHS: An Experimental Program to Measure Albedo using the Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow (CoCoRaHS) Network. Oral Presentation. 69th Annual Eastern Snow Conference, Claryville, NY. 5-7 June 2012. [**Awarded Wiesnet Medal for Best Student Paper Overall].
2012 Climate Change in the Casco Bay and Great Bay Watersheds: Past, Present, and Future. Poster Presentation. 92nd Annual Meeting of the American Meteorological Society, New Orleans, LA. 21-26 January 2012.
2011 The Impacts of Colonial-Era Deforestation on Wintertime Albedo and Climate. Poster Presentation. 22nd National NSF Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitve Research (EPSCoR) Conference. Couer d’Alene, Idaho. 24-27 October 2011. [**Awarded 2nd Prize in Student Poster Competition: Water/Environment Category].
2010 The Impacts of Reforestation on Winter Surface Albedo in the Northeastern United States. Poster Presentation. Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union, San Francisco, 13-Dec-2010.
2007 Trends In Wintertime Climate Variability In The Northeastern United States: 1965-2005. Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Poster presentation. San Francisco, CA, 11-Dec-2007.
2007 Frozen Time: Using Ice Cores to Understand Past Climate Change. Gulf of Maine Institute’s Community Based Initiative Summer Workshop, Durham, NH. July 11, 2007.
2007 Wintertime Climate Trends in the Northeastern United States. Poster Presentation. Northeast Geological Society of America Conference, Durham, NH. March 12, 2007.
2006 Indicators of Climate Change in the Northeast over the Past Century. Teacher Workshop: Owl Brook Hunter Education Center, Holderness, NH. January 20, 2006.
2005 Utilizing Web Data in a Climate Change Curriculum. AIRMAP Teacher Workshop: Indicators of Climate Change in the Northeast 2005. University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH. October 14, 2005.
Awards & Recognition
2012 Wiesnet Medal for Best Student Paper, Eastern Snow Conference, Claryville, NY. 5-7 June 2012
2011 2nd Prize Student Poster Competition: Water & Environment, National NSF EPSCoR Conference, 24-27 October 2012
2011 Alexander Goetz Instrument Support Program Recipient
2007 UNH College of Engineering and Physical Sciences Teaching Assistant Award
Professional Organizations and Service
American Meteorological Society, 2007-present
American Geophysical Union, 2007-present
Journal Article Reviewer
Biogeosciences, Climatic Change, Hydrological Processes, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, Journal of Geophysical Research- Biogeosciences, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Remote Sensing
New York Times, Boston Globe, The Guardian, PBS News Hour, The Weather Channel
Matlab, NCL, ENVI, Fortran, ArcGIS, Weather, Research, and Forecasting Model (WRF), Community Land Model (CLM), and Community Earth System Model (CESM)